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NEA Report Reveals Findings about the Arts and Health in Older Adults

Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older.

Darren Walker: A Call for Moral Courage in America

In a recent blog post, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker reflects on recent political events and the need for moral courage in America:

Like so many of you, I am bewildered, almost daily, by the onslaught of dispiriting, sometimes debilitating news. Just this week, a new, politicized (and heartless) assault on young, mostly Latino immigrants—the cancellation of DACA—has left me reeling. When I travel to visit the organizations we work with in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, friends and colleagues express shock about America’s leadership and standing in the global community.

While we’ve endured challenging times before, I have always maintained an unwavering faith in America’s promise and, more broadly, in our democratic values—and I still do. I have always believed that progress is cumulative—that, as more people and communities win their place in the circle of American equality and opportunity, this circle will continue expanding, in a virtuous cycle.

Member Spotlight on The Metcalf Foundation

For the month of September, GIA’s photo banner features work and artists supported by the Metcalf Foundation. The goal of The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society. The foundation invests approximately $5.4 million each year in charitable activities to work focused on the environment, performing arts, inclusive local economies, and special initiatives.

New from the GIA Reader: Arts Education Impact Group

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Stan Hutton of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation writes about the recent formation of the Arts Education Impact Group organized by Grantmakers for Education (GFE). Hutton notes that there is growing interest in arts education among GFE conference attendees, and that the newly formed group will promote understanding among GFE members about the benefits of a quality arts education. Read “Grantmakers for Education Forms Arts Education Impact Group.”

Shared Gifting: Shifting Funding Power to Nonprofits

A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review highlights the practice of shared gifting, “a grantmaking approach that allows nonprofit leaders to award grant dollars to other nonprofit organizations.” The article discusses the potential impacts of this form of peer-to-peer support, including creating opportunity for otherwise overlooked organizations and supporting nonprofit collaboration.

Grantmakers in the Arts Selects Edwin Torres as New CEO

Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been selected by the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) board of directors as the organization’s new president & CEO. Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown, who will step down at the end of 2017.

New from the GIA Reader: Applying the Lessons of Creative Placemaking to Policymaking

Kiley Arroyo, executive director of the Cultural Strategies Council, writes on how the strategies and policy-level systems change can create a better, more sustainable environment for creative placemaking efforts to take hold. Read “Creative Democracy: Applying the Lessons of Creative Placemaking to Policymaking” from the latest issue of the GIA Reader.

Field Foundation Unveils New Grantmaking Model

“Community Empowerment through Justice, Art, and Leadership” is the new grantmaking model of The Field Foundation of Illinois. President Angelique Power announced the change in a letter to the field on Monday describing steps the foundation took to evaluate its work with feedback from nonprofits and peer foundations, undergo racial equity training, and assess the needs of the Chicago area. The result of these efforts is a new grantmaking model which redefines the foundation’s program areas and funding guidelines and coincides with the launch of its new application process.

New from the GIA Reader: The Five Stages of Creative Life

In the latest issue of the Reader, Marc Zegans introduces a model of how an artist’s work and career develop over time — “the five stages of a fulfilled creative life.” Zegans explains how artists move through these various stages, the critical questions that arise from each stage, and the challenges artists face as they move from one stage to another. Read “Arc and Interruption: The Five Stages of Creative Life and the Crises That Intervene.”

Judith Jennings Honored by Kentucky Foundation for Women

Former GIA board member Judith Jennings has been awarded the 2017 Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW). The University of Kentucky (UK), Jennings’ alma mater, reports:

Jennings . . . served as executive director of KFW for 16 years until her retirement in 2014. During her tenure, she established KFW’s Special Project, which provides art-making opportunities for families of incarcerated people. During this period, Jennings also served for six years on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts and became a founding member of the Art x Culture x Social Justice Network.

Jennings was selected for the Bingham Award for her work advancing art for social change both nationally and statewide and for her integral role in putting Kentucky at the forefront of national conversations about the arts and social justice.